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Pennsylvania man sentenced for fatal drunk driving accident

Without the upmost care, cars can be dangerous machines. When alcohol is involved, driving can become downright deadly. A Pennsylvania man has recently been sentenced to 10 years in prison -- six of which were suspended -- over a car accident he caused while drunk.

According to reports, the 27-year-old man had a blood alcohol level of .17 percent when he drifted out of his lane and caused a head-on collision with another car. At the time of the accident, authorities estimate that he was traveling around 80 miles-per-hour. The passenger of the car the man hit was killed in the accident. The driver of the other car and a three-year-old child were severely injured in the accident and had to be airlifted to regional hospitals.

Some people may think that following a drunk driving accident criminal proceeding conclude the legal case. However, the criminal trial is just one half of the potential legal hearings. The victims of a drunk driver, or their family, can bring a civil suit as well.

When a person gets behind the wheel of a car after drinking that person is negligent. Under Pennsylvania law, negligent drivers can be held financially responsible for damage they cause. Theses damages can include lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering and other costs from the accident. While money can never take away the pain caused by the accident, it can give families the resources to move forward without additional financial stress.

People who have been involved in a drunk driving accident or the families of those killed by a drunk driver should explore all their legal options -- criminal and civil -- following the accident. A civil case should not be overlooked just because a person has been sent to jail.

Source: Herald Mail, "Pa. man sentenced to prison in crash that killed Williamsport man," Don Aines, April 10, 2013

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